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Eye Protection in Youth Sports

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Eye protection also should be a major concern for all athletes.

Proper protective eyewear could prevent thousands of eye injuries that children and adults suffer from every year. Appropriate sunglasses should be worn for outdoor sports, and there are sport-specific lense designs that can enhance performance.

Fitting Guide for Eye Guards
Always try on the eye guards to determine if it is the right size for you. Adjust the strap and make sure it fits snug, not too loose or too tight. If you are buying eye guards at an optical store ask the optical professional to help you adjust them for a comfortable fit.

Select eyeguards that are padded or cushioned along the brow and ridge of the nose. Padding will prevent the eye guards from cutting or irritating your skin.

Tips for Buying Eye Guards

  • For the most protection, buy eyeguards fitted with polycarbonate lenses. Polycarbonate lenses are the most impact resistant, be sure to check the packaging for the lens material used.
  • Don't buy sports eyeguards without lenses. Only "lensed" protectors are recommended for sports use. Make sure the lenses either stay inplace or pop outward in the event of an accident. Lenses that pop in against your eyes can be very dangerous.
  • Buy lenses that have anti-fog properties. Fogging of the lenses can be a propblem when you are active. Some eye guards come with an anti-fog coating, others have side vents for additional ventilation. Try on different models to see what works best for you.